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55 400 TL PROBLEM
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As our ten plus year restoration of a 1955 400 nears its completion, there are a few mechanical issues that need to be addressed. Getting the TL system back together and functioning correctly is now at the top of the list. I should mention that when the car arrived in North Carolina, both control bars were severely bent.
The cars current state: exterior nearly complete, no interior (seats, carpet, and side panels), sitting level up on 4 inch concrete blocks, with about 300 pounds of concrete blocks in the trunk.
The control arms are loosely fitted to the motor end, but not to the short torsion bars. Moving the control bars by shorting the contacts revealed that the long (passenger side) bar would not be anywhere close to contacting the shut off switch in its travel.
At this point I am stumped, and am not sure how to proceed. SURE COULD SOME HELP!
Any and all is always deeply appreciated.
Happy

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Posted on: 7/11 17:08:08
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Re: Removing cage from Blower motor
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try tapping down on cage collar to brake it loose. It should come off, once it loosens up.
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Posted on: 6/24 4:30:03
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Re: Pulley
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For what its worth, based on previous in metal forming experience, my guess is that what appears to be a crack, could very well be a defect in the metal used to form the pulley, and has been present since it was formed. If my guess is correct and it has not progressed it is unlikely to do so.

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Posted on: 6/3 14:29:29
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55 400 headliner bow grommets
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Has anyone replaced the grommets that hold the headliner in place? If so, where can one find the correct size and type? Steele has a universal one that is close, but I am not sure it will hold the bows correctly. As always any help is deeply appreciated.

Happy

Posted on: 6/3 14:16:23
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wanted 55 blower motor
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Need blower motor with squirrel cage. fits on right side behind grill.
happy
At joybuzz@windstream.net or 919 718 5278

Posted on: 12/12 17:09:46
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Re: 1956 Packard 400 for sale
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Here are some photos of the exterior and interior.

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Posted on: 2019/11/11 18:49
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1956 Packard 400 for sale
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The car has been driven and displayed at our local car show, and at our car club meetings. After ten years of being a care taker its time to pass this car on.
Other than polishing and buffing an older repaint, the exterior looks much as it did when we bought it. (A nice looking20 footer, condition three in Old Cars and Parts). The interior has been redone. Seating material, door panels, and carpeting all were replaced with original pattern materials from SMS. The value would be $15,500 or best offer. A list of what has been done while in my possession is available along with photos via E mail. I have been able to put the list of what I did but am having trouble attaching pictures. I am able to e-mail them if you want to see the interior or exterior.

Subject 1956 Packard 400

The car has been driven and displayed at our local car show, and to our car club meetings.
I am now considering the sale of this car. Other than polishing and buffing the exterior it looks much as when we bought it. (a nice-looking 20 footer, condition three in Old Cars and Parts). Their value would be $15,500. If you are interested I would appreciate an offer via return email. Pictures attached
Some of the work done to the car since it had been in my possession:
*registered and titled in North Carolina
*pressure washed engine bay and undercarriage
*Bendix power brake booster rebuilt (Ed Stram Fl.)
*brake wheel cylinders replaced (all four wheels)
*new flex brake lines
*new front and rear wheel seals (all four wheels)
*rebuilt broken power steering valve
*installed new O-rings in power steering cylinder
*added silicon brake fluid
*gas tank removed, cleaned and sealed.
*Sending unit repaired to working condition
*fuel pump rebuilt (new parts)
*cracked flexible fuel line replaced
*carburetor rebuilt
*engine bay painted
*motor painted correct gold color
*painted valve covers silver, with red script, (Packard)
*replaced missing air cleaner cover and washer bottle
*all new exhaust system from Kepich Exhaust
*new temperature sending unit
*generator and starter rebuilt, replaced power window motor.
*front end checked and aligned
*transmission electrical components removed, cleaned contacts, and replaced
*replaced missing flywheel cover
*load level electrical components cleaned and replaced
*load level control arms straightened
*Load level gearbox repaired and seals replaced
*load level limit switch replaced with new old stock
*rebuilt water pump installed
*new battery
*horn wire/button repaired to working order
*both front floor pans replaced
*original headliner cleaned, padding on dashboard replaced.
*Package shelf refreshed
*new floor padding and carpeting with correct heel pad from Kepich Exhaust
*broken seat frame repair welded stripped down and replaced cushion materials
*new correct pattern cloth and heavy-duty vinyl installed on seats and door panels( SMS @ $100/yard)
*replaced missing robe rails and Packard Crest emblems
*replaced missing door sill plates
*installed new wind lace

Posted on: 2019/10/21 9:45
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early 55 320 V8 and ultmatic trans for sale
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Early, casting date 12 2 54 320 ci V8 together with aluminum case transmission removed from a Hudson. Asking $500 obo. Located in central NC. 919 718 5278 ask for Robert. Can E mail pic if interested.

Posted on: 2019/10/21 8:39
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Re: Another TL question
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Thanks Howard. That's what thought, but did not to admit.
Right now there is a bunch of things I need to address,and will hold off on this. Once again thanks.

Happy

Posted on: 2019/7/28 7:37
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Another TL question
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The car is a 55 400.
The problem is that the rear end is about 3 and 1/2 inches high in back, and the leveling system: control, motor, switches are missing.
Is there any way to level is car without these components?

Happy

Posted on: 2019/7/26 18:18
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